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[ ♪ theme ♪ ] [ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> john: good morning. this is the "bill press show." i'm john fuglesang filling in for bill with you until 9:00 a.m. eastern time. it is a pleasure to be here in bill's seat. he will be back tomorrow. for today, there's so much to talk about from last night's debate between scott walker and elizabeth -- scott brown and elizabeth warren. it is a little early. and the winner has already pronounced to be david gregory. mitt romney's trash collector is talking. paul ryan has a hard time doing his math homework and best of all, a man with a doubly phallic name has endorsed governor romney. first, here's lisa. >> good morning everyone. it's not about whether you win or lose. it's how you play the game unless you're running for president then it is about winning but not according to mitt romney. in his version of reality where the polls are made up and the results don't matter he says the debates are about something bigger than winning. they're a chance for each candidate to p
. >> if we win toledo, we will win ohio. and if we win ohio we'll win this election. >> john heilemann, there has been no shortage of love for the state of ohio this election cycle. president obama and mitt romney both speaking at 1:05 today. i wonder your take on the state it's interesting when you look at the dynamics economically at play in ohio. governor cakasic's great job of sheparding the ohio economy to account for state unemployment 7.2%, lower than the national average, it also undercuts mitt romney's message this economy isn't in turn around and time to get someone else. >> makes john kasic a hobbled sur row gate for mitt romney, you can't say the economy is great when you're trying to prove the economy is bad. thing about ohio it's an important state, and remember when 2004 the whole election came down to john kerry losing narrowly to george w. bush in that state, the president has a couple huge advantages we're seeing in the ten-point game, one is the auto bailout. there is no state besides michigan be impacted more positively by the auto bailout than ohio. 82 out of 88 co
clear politics poll average shows his poll leading there. ohio governor john kasich is on the show and welcome. the polls show that mitt romney is trailing. how do you explain that and is that true. >> you know, paul i don't pay a lot of attention to polls because it depends on what they take and the sample. these guys have been in ohio and they should start paying income tax. this thing is as close can be they both wouldn't be here. i expect this to go down to the wire. we are always a swing state. it will be very close. >> paul: so the democrats are saying one of big things that is helping the spent the auto bailout. is that how you lead to to help the president? >> look, we're up 123,000 jobs over the last year and three-quarters. we're actually according to the bureau of labor statistics down 500 jobs, auto jobs in ohio. the situation. chrysler has expanded and ford and gm have shrunk their footprint but we stabilizing. auto industry out here. of the 123,000 jobs, most of them, biggest categories are business services and healthcare. we are having specialty manufacturing reboun
to you and your miracle workers john, hal chris and jacki. love you guys. >> and jim? >> stephanie: jim i'm sorry. look at her handwriting it's worst than mine. [ applause ] >> that's how you know she didn't get anyone to write it for her. >> stephanie: she has other thoughts she put in later. >> she edits herself like any good writer does. >> stephanie: like getting a first draft. sign of intelligence life. >> wow. >> stephanie: it was just an amazing night. thank you, seattle. greatest birthday. jilly in seattle and ellie in sausalito met for the first time. they've been chat room and e-mail friends for years. >> back when we had steph's space. >> stephanie: really? okay. >> the final frontier. >> hi, mama. we had such a great time. you were in rare form. my hats off to one of the only women i know with a filthier mouth than mine. my excuse is i'm married to a steelworker. [ applause ] this is only for folks in television land. you have to look at what ellie made me. look at this.
. ♪ >>> well, there's a new and fascinating look inside the oval office of john f. kennedy. >> president kennedy, like several presidents before and after, installed two recording devices in the office, and they captured hundreds of hours of history-making decisions and moments in his family life. >> now the new book has details of those conversations. diane sawyer has more. >> i remember really clearly being under the desk and making necklaces and trying to get candy from the grown-ups who were around. >> reporter: caroline kennedy says it's wonderful to hear him laughing when she walks in, demanding attention. >> i won't let you do much. >> reporter: that sound is little john, pounding under the desk, no idea he's hitting a microphone. his father, just relaxed. >> it was really like being in his company while you're listening. that was really a wonderful feeling for me. >> reporter: what you hear on the tape is a man possibly calm in a crisis. intelligence discovered the soviets placed nuclear missiles inside cuba, aimed at the u.s. >> how far advanced is this? >> sir, we've never seen
much better. >> one of your colleagues, speaker john boehner had something to say about the race in ohio. i want to get your reaction to it. >> one of the things that probably works against romney in ohio is the fact that governor kasich has done such a good job of fixing businesses in the state and attracting businesses in the state. our unemployment rate in ohio is lower than the national average. i think it's four points lower than the national average. as a result, people are still concerned about the competent and jobs in ohio but certainly isn't like you've seen in other states. >> patti ann: no question, is the paradox here that john kasich the republican governor is helping president obama win reelection? >> you know, paul i think i don't accept that. fact of the matter it's hard to defeat an incumbent president. two, ohio has always been a swing state and number three, in order for mitt romney to do better he has to be here more. the situation is we are doing better here. we went from 89 cents rainy day fund to loss of 400,000 jobs to up 123, so people are feeling better
great john elway. president obama is taking the personal approach to nail down votes. >> this is barack obama. >> reporter: and like romney, the president sees this debate as a chance to talk to america. >> it's a choice between two different paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our nation. >> reporter: the president has a lead in all nine of the key battleground states, including ohio, which begins early balloting today. >> romney's task is difficult because he has to redefine himself as well as redefining the election. >> reporter: an election only 35 days away but still far from over. and the first debate is on the domestic issues that are defining this election. >>> ryan moore in washington. thanks. >>> the candidates for the u.s. senate seat in massachusetts, scott brown and elizabeth warren, debated for the second time last night. the two were combative as they staked out opposite issues from jobs and bringing troops home. david gregory from "meet the press" as moderator, they clashed over brown's claim of partisan independence. >>
nominee for president in 2012. governor john said, when and why did you leave the republican party and become a libertarian? >> you know, i've probably been a libertarian my entire life. this is just kind of coming out of the closet. i don't think i am unlike most americans. i think there's a lot more americans in this country that declare themselves libertarians as opposed to voting libertarian. so the picture and trying to make right now is vote libertarian with me this one time. give me a shot at changing things. and if it does somewhere, you can always return to tyranny and i'm going to argue that so so we have right now. >> what are the seven principles of good government you read about? >> one as being reality-based. just find out what his wife, base your decision inactions i'm not. make sure everybody that knows -- that should know what you're doing, knows what you're doing, so communicate. don't hesitate to deliver bad news. there's always time to fix things. if you don't have a job you love enough to get richer job done, quit and get one that she do that. it elledge mistak
" magazine john heilemann. guys. hi, willie. >> hello. >> it's not as bad as being a red sox fan, but if you're a jets fan right now, holy cow! tebow's like, you know, he's getting ready. >> he should have been ready. i don't know why they kept sanchez in the whole game. 103 yards, less than 50% passing, one interception and frankly wasn't close. it was a strange thing to watch. >> it was absolutely brutal. and then, of course, the yankees, man. that playoff race. >> ooh. >> you remember what i said at the beginning of the year? i said the red sox -- we only want to be ahead of the orioles. we all laughed. it's tied! >> and the red sox have a chance to spoil the yankees' season. so that might be a saving grace, at the end of this miserable year, they have three games in new york, they could ruin the yankees' scene. >> john heilemann, as a fellow red sox fan, you and i would take no pleasure out of the red sox destroying the yankees' season. despite the fact that the yankees -- >> speak for yourself there. >> 7-0. and i just remind any boston red sox that are crawling out of the gutter this m
national correspondent john king is in denver getting ready for the debate over there. that's the site of the debate. john, take us into these numbers. what are you seeing? >> reporter: well, wolf, i can tell you this, talking to senior officials in the romney campaign, they believe after a tough week or ten days, the last several days, they have a little bit of a breeze at their back. they say the race has stabilized. you dig into the numbers. what is the most important issue in this first debate? the economy. look at this poll. which candidate would better handle the economy? the president, 49%, governor romney, 48%. a dead heat. the president has to defend his record. governor romney not only needs to attack his record but to convince voters he has a better place to take them if he wins the election. and you know this full well, the reason this debate and what both candidates say in the economy is so important is the friday morning after the wednesday night debate, we'll get the latest unemployment report. if governor romney could turn in a strong debate performance and another tepi
the polls crazy. john nichols will join me. the candidacy of todd akin is a cancer on the gop's chances of taking over the senate. the very latest in this big senate race and other races. share your thoughts with us on facebook and on twitter using the hash tag ed show. we are coming right back. back of my parents' medicine cabinet. finding bayer advanced was huge. i was really surprised by how well it worked. and i'd definitely use it again. put bayer advanced aspirin to the test for yourself at fastreliefchallenge.com. >>> it was really a bad week for mitt romney. he wanted to take some time and look for bright spots in the romney campaign. can we find them? maybe something can fire up romney's dejected supporters here. let's hear what the candidate himself had to say at a fund raiser in pa er ir in pennsylva. >> we would really shock people in early in the evening of november 6th it looked like pennsylvania was going to come our way and actually did come our way. and that can happen. that can happen. >> key word there was "shock," that can really happen. a real confidence booster, is
bacon, john. >> it's not bad. you are not a fan. >> facon. >> desperate. i can do turkey bacon. >> i can't do it. high in sodium anyway. if you are going to take a hit -- take the real bacon. delightful, delicious. >> pony up extra and get real bacon. >> i would. i would. >> black market. go under the bridge, score bacon? >> i would. >>> thunderstorms, from oklahoma to ohio. rain could move in this evening in western pennsylvania, upstate new york. showers from orlando down to miami. showers around the rockies and four corners region. >> 76, billings. 66, salt lake city. 70s, omaha to indianapolis. and the northeast. mostly 80s in the south. >>> and we have some wonderful news to share about a colleague who co-anchored "world news now" in the not too distant past. >> congratulations to diana perez on delivering devon rodgers. held there by diana's husband deuces. >> works at our philadelphia nation. devon arrived at 9:36 a.m., with a full head of hair, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces. dad is a sports anchor, dreaming big dreams. and everyone is healthy and happy. congratulations to them. >>
affairs editor for "new york" magazine and msnbc political analyst, john heilemann. also former treasury official and "morning joe" economic analyst steve ratner and nbc news chief affairs correspondent and host of "andrea mitchell reports." >> we have affairs. >> andrea mitchell. and in washington, for "the politico playbook," executive executor jim vandehei. of course, willie, we've got a lot to talk about. let's start really quickly with the refs! >> they're back. >> we've got some breaking news. i've got to tell you, little kay, she's very excited because she's 9 years old. she plays in the soccer league. and the parents have had to ref over the past couple weeks because those guys have gone off to the nfl, but it's taken care of now. >> that's great news. >> drilled down deep. >> a few hours ago, the nfl and referees union announced they have reached a tentative agreement that will end the lockout and bring the original -- the regular officiating crews back to the field. and it starts tonight. quick turnaround. the ravens host the browns in a thursday night game. the deal good throu
more than a dozen have been released because of questions about how she handled seidence. john martin is a defense attorney. >> everyone who's been convicted nn the last five to six years is possibly the victim of a very substantial miscarriage of justice and on the other hand a lot of very dangerous people might get out of jail. >> reporter: co-workers called teokhan superwoman because she se ted more than 500 samples a month compared to 150 for a typical chemist. that raised suspicions spelled out in a 100-page report by the massachusetts state police. a supervisor said he never saw dookhan in front of a microscope. another chemist said dookhan would submit a cocaine sample and it would come back heroin or vice versa. she is also alleged to have lied under oath claiming to have a master's degree in chemistry from the university of nissachusetts. dookhan later told investigators "i screwed up big time. i messed up. i messed up bad. it's my fault. i don't want the lab to get in trouble." >> if you can get your results done quickly and handle a big volume you're perceived to be a good
before election day in a razor-thin race between president bush and john kerry. three years after 9/11, it served as a reminder of the terrorist threat and strategists in both parties believed helped president bush. more recently the term october surprise has come to mean a seismic event in the fall of an election year. though most have centered around foreign policy, others have been about the economy, like in 2008. when the economy imploded, john mccain's advisors say his campaign collapsed along with it and never recovered. historians say in order for an october surprise to have a real 11th hour impact, it has to feed into a narrative that already exists, whether it's carter's ineffectiveness or questions about mccain's credentials on the economy. >> it's not so much that suddenly eureka, this is so surprising, so amazing, but rather, people nod yes, this is where we thought things were going. >> reporter: it's possible we may have already seen this election year's october surprise. maybe it was how the candidates reacted to tragedy in libya and the broader unrest in the mideast
southern chef john besh is here with his take on italian wedding soupet 12pm who says pain is the price you've got to pay for wearing shoes you love? not when there's a dr. scholl's for her high heel insole. let's face it, it all starts with your feet. treat them right and you'll get everything going. dr. scholl's for her insoles... feel the energy from your feet up. we are live from the new york stock exchange with your bloomberg "on the money" report: business activity in the united states unexpectedly contracted for the first time in three years it's another sign that manufacturing will not be able to contribute as much to economic recovery ... weakening conditions in europe and china will hold that down as well as consumer spending did rise however and august ... more jobs have been created then lost since the president took his oath of office but unemployment is higher in that time ... the u.s. military is spending more on anti psychotic drugs for active troops then there are on painkillers is the first time spending on these drugs has the outpaced the painkillers in years ..
. specifically he made the case then right or wrong that he was a better steward of the economy than john mccain in troubled times. romney's got to make that case in 2012. >> little different when you're running against an incumbent. right? there's not a direct parallel there. >> look at the transcript. he was running against president bush. that these set of economic policies are wrong and i have a compelling vision. whether he can do that is another story. >> your colleague e.j. deion wrote journalists are in search of defining moments and game changers. by this standard, romney needs to game changer. obama can live quite happily without one. so do you think that mitt romney needs to have a big moment or if he is perceived to have won will at least give republicans some momentum. is that really the most reasonable thing to hope for? >> well, certainly it will. if the race were sort of fixed in time right now, everybody assumes that obama would win. in many ways that's happening because of early voting all right. so romney needs to change the trajectory in some way. now, that washington pos
. president obama is leading in the polls but can mitt romney turn it around? we'll ask john kasich. just call him the 10% president. that is what he spiax responsibility for the deficit and libya is still raising more questions for the white house. it could have been stopped? >> paul: welcome to the journal editorial report. i'm paul gigot. you'll eyes were on ohio this week as they both hit the buckeye state hard. hoping to put 18 electoral votes in their col >> paul: politics poll real lot of attention to polls because it depends on what they take and the sample. these guys have been in ohio and they should start paying income tax. this thing is as close can be they both wouldn't be here. i expect this to go down to the wire. we are always a swing state. it will be very close. >> paul: so the democrats are saying one of big things that is helping the spent the auto bailout. is that how you lead to to help the president? >> look, we're up 123,000 jobs over the last year and three-quarters. we're actually according to the bureau of labor statistics down 500 jobs, auto jobs in ohio. the situat
national correspondent john roberts is tonight. >> ahead of the debate. romney is shifting the focus under a withering critique from fellow republicans he is making the campaign less referendum on the president, more a choice between who has the best policies, to lead the nation in the future. >> i represent a different course. i make sure young people have great jobs tomorrow and bright and prosperous future. that is the difference between us. >> wednesday's debate will focus on domestic policy. romney continues to hamer the president for what he calls a failed foreign policy? an op-ed in today's op-ed journal, romney declared the president is weakening the america's position in the world writing, "by failing to maintain the element of our influence and by stepping away from the allies, president obama has heightened the prospect of conflict and instability. he does not understand in american policy that lax resolve can provoke aggressio aggression. and carriage disorder." after a weekend of debate prep in boston, romney left for denver an wednesday's big event. while the campaign played
.c. getting ready for wednesday's debate coverage is john berman. hey, john, good morning. >> we're doing debate prep just like the candidates here in washington. start overseas, soledad. the taliban taking responsibility for an attack in eastern afghanistan that killed at least 14 people. civilians, police, and three nato soldiers. officials say the suicide bomber targeted a joint patrol using a motorcycle packed with explosives. this attack comes a day after a firefight left two americans dead, including the 2,000th u.s. military member to be killed in afghanistan. >>> syria's foreign minister takes center stage on the final day of the u.n. general assembly session. he will address the delegates latest this morning and defend the assad regime's handling of the 18-month crisis that has spiraled into a civil war. syria has been a prime focus for world leaders at the united nations over the past week. >>> we are expecting an announcement today in that mystery surrounding the location of jimmy hoffa's remains. investigators are waiting for tests on mud and clay samples from a home in suburb
himself. >> d.c. police resuming their alcohol testing program today. john gonzalez explains why it s suspended. ♪ ♪ "gangnam style" >> better late than never. the latest group to mimic the ce.ngnam style" dan "good morning washington" at now.begins right >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> good morning, washington. it's friday, september 28. brad bell in for steve chenevey. >> i am cynne simpson. let's get to meteorologist jacqui jeras. >> the rain is still coming down in some spots. that makes a few people up, the thunderstorms. there's a lot of it concentrated .n the metro area heavy thunderstorms crossing 66, getting ready to move over the potomac and heading up towards bethesda at this time. still warm temperatures. 67 at reagan national, $65, 63 frederick.er and we will have another one d. dulles.rees in it could be raining for your drive home. weekend forecast when i see you again. now to traffic with angela. >> you mentioned the storms. at thestill looking results. getting reports of wires down in many areas. there is police direction on
of the second great debate between richard nixon and john f. kennedy. right before that debate the kennedy brothers arrived to discover something weird had happened. the temperature was meat locker level. so cold they couldn't believe it, and they knew why. kennedy's television adviser went racing to the basement and found nixon's guy standing watch on the thermostat. nixon had sweated in that first debate, and it cost him. this time the nixon people were intent on freezing the room so cold that nixon couldn't sweat at all. well, after a standoff in that basement in our headquarters and some threats to call the police, they agreed to bring the temperature up. well, think this stuff doesn't matter? it all matters. just like everything we do, wear, look like, act like, seem like in our first debates -- actually our first dates when we were growing up, remember? today we look at the serious stuff that will matter, where they stand and they disagree. i'm joined by bob shrum and the great david corn, famous for having unearthed that very important 47% speech by romney he never wanted us to hear
that both ted kennedy and john kerry voted to confirm scalia and it was a 98-0 vote. democrats are seizing on it and talking about some of the positions that scalia has take than they feel are too conservative. too conservative is not what scott brown wants to be associated with in trying to appeal to especially democrats in massachusetts who might be willing to cross over and vote for him. he's under a real disadvantage with the registration here, so many more democrats and as you've been watching the polling there are 18% of those who have been questioned who aren't sure which way they want to go. for elizabeth warren, i was struck by the fact that four years ago, similar question to then senator barack obama, who does he feel he can work with, he mentioned dick lugar. perhaps that's something that popped into her head. not realizing he lost his primary and will not be in the senate. she did not come up with another name and that reaction was an uncomfortable moment for her. the slish for her is could she work across party lines because brown has paint her as being in lockstep with democ
, that faith tested big time today. john wall won't suit up any time soon. he explains his feelings on that. >> and a hail mary pass officiated correctly, imagine that. the real guys are back and the ravens are happy next. too many americans are struggling to find work in today's economy. too many of those who are working are living paycheck to paycheck trying to make falling incomes meet rising prices for food and gas. more americans are living in poverty than when president obama took office and fifteen million more are on food stamps. president obama and i both care about poor and middle-class families. the difference is my policies will make things better for them. we shouldn't measure compassion by how many people are on welfare. we should measure compassion by how many people are able to get off welfare and get a good paying job. my plan will create twelve million new jobs over the next four years helping lift families out of poverty and strengthening the middle-class. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message because we can't afford another four years like the last four years. ♪ >
terrorized our region. the police hunted for john allan mohammad and lee boyd malvo. they were linked to 10 shootings -- several shootings, including 10 in the d.c. area. the case is unforgettable for those of us living in the area at the time. the evidence has been locked away for years and eventually, some will be on display at a new downtown museum opening in 2015. beth parker got a look. >> reporter: three weeks of terror. while some would rather forget about the shooting in a maryland suburb, they're working to keep the memory alive. >> this is the fairly well- known tarot card. >> reporter: that was left at the scene of the shooting at benjamin tasker school in prince georges county. >> for you, mr. police, code, call me god. don't release to the press. >> reporter: the handwriting connected lee malvo to multiple scenes. they online from the prince -- on loan from the prince william police department and it will be going to the museum going built -- that is gettingibility. >> for a museum, it's a big piece. >> they wearing gloves preserve the artifacts. we want to show you around the
, president bush was leading democratic challenger john kerry by 11 percentage points just fryer to the first presidential debate. right after the debate, which just about everybody thought that kerry had won, president bush was leading by only two points. and you know, it really didn't change a whole lot until the end of the campaign. president bush won by three points. jenna: very interesting. we see senator kerry on the screen. a lot of things we talk about, larry, is turnout when it comes to this election and how important turnout really is going to be. do debates affect turnout? >> absolutely because the turnout battle is really a battle of enthusiasm in the two party bases and, you know the romney people have been pretty frank. paul ryan was very frank over the weekend in saying the ticket has had a tough couple weeks. when you have a tough couple weeks you're enthusiasm level can decline. a good performance in a presidential debate can gin party enthusiasm. that may happen on wednesday for either side. we'll have to see what transpires in the debate. jenna: we always have to wait to ac
to mind. aisha tyler, stephanie miller john fugelsang, and hal sparks. the sexy liberal comedy tour. this is comedy news that you need to know new york. >> do it live. ♪ hot child in the city ♪ >> on saturday october 27th the sexy liberal comedy tour will perform live on stage at the world famous beacon theater. it's progressive, it's sexy -- kind of like fdr in a thong -- okay. it's nothing like that. the stephanie miller sexy liberal comedy tour. october 27th live at the beacon theater. >> stephanie: wow! thank you tom hartman. fdr in a thong, he's a scamp. very, very exciting. speaking of excitement this saturday the big seattle sexy liberal. also a big name on celebrity panel. >> bill gates? >> stephanie: stop speculating. it is a surprise. you want to know the extra excitement, west burrow baptist church is protesting us. won't that be fun. >> god hates that church. >> stephanie: yes, god hates the sexy liberal comedy tour. so we have to hire extra security. and i'm going to bring cream rinse. what was her name? i'm a helper. i'll bring her ovation cell therap
left wing. it's too bad more media organizations cannot find a way to be unbiased. and john says they're more fair than last time around during the 2008 primary and general election, only because they want the republicans to think they have a real shot so the money coffers on the right will feel more comfortable donating large sums of money. finally maurice says the mainstream media deliberately are excluding coverage of any news that reflects badly on the obama administration. wabc radio in new york, for example, reported on the slightly better job report for this week, but made no mention of the poor g.d.p. and durable goods numbers yesterday. and we will talk about those issues with maria bartiromo of cnbc when she comes out and joins us in about 15, 20 minutes. d.w. emails in, the candidates are the result of the media. the media does not reflect the report on them, it creates them. when a candidate complains about the media, it's like a mind where the ego complains about the sub-conscious, pure illusion. becky says of course the mainstream media is biased. it will take a blitheri
the american commander there, general john allen. here's part of that interview. >> you're in a tough spot right now. can you explain why the sudden increase in these attacks? >> well, i'm mad as hell about them, to be honest with you. we're going to get after this. it reverberates everywhere, across the united states. you know, we're willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign, but we're not willing to be murdered for it. >> at a certain point as these attacks continue, the american people are going to say, we've had enough. why are we training these people if they're murdering us. >> well, that may be in fact. it may be the voice right now that we're hearing. the key point is for us to understand that the vast majority, the vast majority of the afghans, you've lived with them, you understand these people, they're with us in this. they understand right now the severity of this problem and the urgency of what's happening and there have been afghans who have been killed trying to save our forces when these attacks have been underway because that was the only reaction that they could have t
cases they will be hearing. >> but as joe johns reports, a lot of people are focusing on the big one that closed out the last session. >> at the beginning of the next session, the supreme court will be closely watched for signs of strain between the justices or anything else that suggests things may have changed since the health care ruling arguably was the biggest opinion by the court's order since bush versus gore more than a decade ago. right after the supreme court's health care decision in june, chief justice john roberts joke fod a colleague he would find an island fortress to escape the heat. >> and just ruth bader describes it. the term has been taxing, some call it the term of the century. >> reporter: the court is back and no signs of it cooling down. >> the justices are moving from the frying pan right into the fire tackling some of the most difficult legal questions of the day. across the board, probably the biggest term in at least a decade. >> reporter: cases involving contentious issue of affirmative actions, same sex marriage, vote rights and abortion are all likely t
john king joining us from denver, the site of the debate tomorrow night. john, you've taken a close look at these numbers. are there any nuggets in there that may be good for the romney campaign? because 70% of latinos saying they're likely to vote for the president of the united states, that's pretty bad for romney. >> reporter: wolf, i've scrubbed the numbers, looked at the cross tops and in a word, no, there is nothing encouraging for the romney campaign in the poll of likely latino voters. one way you judge an incumbent president, president obama, you ask people what do you think of job performance? all americans are split on that question. do they approve or disapprove of the president's job performance, but among latinos, nearly 7 in 10, 68% say they approve of the president's job performance. look across looking in here to find some nugget of hope for governor romney as latinos describe themselves as moderates, 76%. conservative latino voters, you would think that would be governor romney's base, 55% majority of conservative latinos plan to vote for the democratic president o
is there. they've been hearing from john kasich, the gronch. ron, talk about what you're seeing on the ground, et cetera. >> reporter: we're getting the usa, usa. there are some protestering up here. i can't hear what they're say but there are protestersprotest. they dealering with these hecklers. i don't know what their issue was but they're being dealt with by security. this is enthusiasm. this is what mitt romney needs. the convenient yesterday with paul ryan where they were together for the first time since the convention, for the second time since the convention was really flat. here we have a big crowd but some are comparing it to a primary sized crowd, not necessarily a general election sized crowd. president obama will be at the university campus where there will no doubt be thousands if not tens of thousands. the governor here gave -- as he was giving an introduction where he talked about how things are getting better in ohio. of course, they are. the unemployment rate is about 7.2% below the national average. so that's part of the headwind romney is fighting in this st
place wednesday night. president obama is using john kerry as his practice partner. the massachusetts senator is portraiting the former massachusetts governor who is mitt romney, and romney is using ron portman as his obama. paul steinhauser has more on their practice sessions. >> reporter: good morning, gary. you know, it's pretty obvious. one will definitely dominate this week in the race for the white hoe. >> i'm looking forward to the debates. >> reporter: and the first of the three showdowns comes wednesday night when president obama and republican nominee mitt romney face off in denver. both candidates have a lot on the line, especially the gop challenger, who a few days ago gave some insight into his debate preps. >> it's great to have senator rob portman. you know, he debates me from time to time. he is playing barack obama in these mock debates we have. i don't like him very much anymore, all right? he keeps on beating me up and i keep on going away shaking my head. >> reporter: romney flies to colorado monday to hold a rally that night before hunkering down for final prepara
john elway. it was the only scheduled talk. it was a stealth bomber in the background there. romney tried to tamp down expectations in the back. >> people want to know who is going to win? who is going to score the punches and who is going to make the biggest difference in the arguments they make? in my view, it's not so much winning or losing or even the people themselves. it's about something bigger than that. these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america that we would choose. >> playing off the enthusiastic crowd. romney had lines for the base. may even tested out a few zingers we might hear wednesday night. >> this is a home to focus on the family which is committed to preserving the foundation of america. we have to get the pipe laine from canada if i have to build it myself. >> it will kill america's entrepreneurship. >> that's the first time, by the way, romney talked about card check on the stump since the primaries. others call it the employee free choice act. it was a priority four years ago. it never passed because a few democ
that are saying farewell. see what he says about george w. bush and john mccain. this is "the daily rundown." i am chuck todd. let's get to the first reads of the morning. in the last two weeks, we polled in nine battleground states deciding the election. ohio, florida, virginia, colorado, iowa, wisconsin, north carolina, nevada, new hampshire. bad news for mitt romney, he doesn't lead in a single one. at best within the poll's margin of error. at worst, trails by eight points. this morning, how the nine states stack up. we said it again and again. the president's job approval rating may be the best indicator of where the bout may be. where it is more than 50, the president favored to win. iowa, florida, new hampshire, ohio, virginia, his approval rating below that, 47 or 48 in four. colorado, nevada, north carolina, wisconsin. here is a second way to breakdown the numbers. romney struggled with favorability number all year. that number underwater, more voters have unfavorable than favorable view in six states. romney is in positive territory in just three. florida, north carolina, virginia. final
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